National and International Mission Efforts

Posoltega, Nicaragua:  For more than 25 years, we have been blessed to partner with the congregation of the Jesus of Nazareth Parish in the impoverished village of Posoltega, Nicaragua. We sponsor biennial mission trips to Posoltega and also provide ongoing mission support for the congregation, an active children’s music program, university scholarships, and a hot lunch program coordinated through the Bloomington-Posoltega Sister Cities organization. FPC contact: Dan Conkle – 

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Biennial Posoltega Mission Trips (next trip: June 2023)​  We spend about 10 days in Posoltega, living, working, worshipping, and serving alongside members of our sister church, the Jesus of Nazareth parish. We live with local families, but eat meals together as a group. 

Every day, we are out in the community, helping with projects identified by our Posoltegan partners. Recent projects have included working to refurbish a local community center, helping to repair homes of elderly Posoltegans, gathering with local children for English lessons, and tending to needs on the church grounds. We also have the opportunity to see other aspects of our partnership at work, whether that is enjoying the amazing sounds of the children’s music program or helping serve hot lunches to local children.

But our projects, however important, are secondary to our larger goal:  maintaining and enhancing our sister-church relationship and the deeply personal connections on which it rests. Be a part of this trip if you’re able; it could change your life!

​Participants in the trip are high-school-age youth to adult.  FPC contact: Dan Conkle – 

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West Virginia Mission Trip: For many years, volunteers from First Presbyterian Church have participated in annual mission trips to West Virginia.  Working with our friends at West Virginia Mission and Advocacy Work Camps, we help repair homes in the area. Those who are skilled carpenters work alongside those who barely know which end of the hammer is which to transform homes for others!

Participants in the trip are middle-school-age youth to adult. FPC contact: Michael Williams –

Heifer International: Each fall, we support Heifer International through our "Heifer Market." We fill our fellowship hall with live animals and invite all to join us.  Heifer International provides livestock, bees, and trees to impoverished families in economically-challenged areas throughout the world.  The organization also provides training and continuing technical support. For their part, the families are expected to broaden the impact of Heifer’s assistance by giving some of the animals’ offspring to neighbors in need.  FPC contact: Mary Beth Novy –


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: Responding in times of crises and catastrophic events, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) works with other aid organizations to provide relief, protection, and support.  This agency is often the last to leave a disaster area, helping affected people get back to a more normal life on a long-term basis.